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Exhaustion & Satisfaction

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The complete update will have to wait....but here's the quickie version....

COLD morning, left without packet but realizd it only a mile or so from home turn around and got it.

Hoped to run my first sub 30 min 5K - didn't quite make it, but still PR'd at 33:25.5 so I'm not too unhappy. Finished in the top 40% of my age group - and I was the oldest running in the 45-49 group of women. If I had run in the next group up I would have made the to 25%.

See profile pic change for a teaser and look for the full report tomorrow...work at 7AM and I AM EXHAUSTED!!!!!!!! emoticon

  
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AHEALTHIERME9 10/9/2010 9:53AM

    Yayyyy! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/3/2010 11:12PM

    Congrats on the PR!

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MERRYLYN 10/3/2010 10:46PM

    I KNEW you could do it. emoticon
Love the teaser picture.. you look fantastic!!
Congratulations.

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LKEITHO 10/3/2010 10:38PM

    Congrats on a great time! Don't worry about that next age group up - we all get there too fast anyway!

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Butterflies and Bugs

Friday, October 01, 2010

Less than two days till the race....butterflies are starting to gather. They are worse than my first 5K - the other times I've run, they were hardly noticeable. I'm sure it is just because this race means so much to me, but I'm trying to keep them under control, carb load, rest etc etc etc. My sis has even mentioned coming out to see me run....that would be a miracle-I've only seen her out of bed by 8AM a couple of times in the past year, much less to a rather cold race site to stand around for a half hour, but miracles happen. A couple of friends may come out too...still haven't heard for sure. It doesn't matter. I'm in this for the race and what it means to me, and for sure one of my running buddies - a younger and faster one, will be running with me, so if I'm going to beat the 30 min. goal, I'm sure that I'll have to give her alot of the credit.

And to the nervousness, my computer picked today to start acting up. Of course on the first of the month, and payday, while I was trying to get my monthly budget ironed out, and only an hour or two before work. In a panic, I called my other little sister for advice, which, bless her heart, only made the situation worse. The only thing worse than butterflies before a race is a bug in your computer system (or both at the same time). I swear I had some heart palpatations today with all that going on. Luckily, they were looking for someone to go home early tonight, and I NEVER do since I really need the hours, but since I hadn't had lunch, it would have only cost me two hours and I'm already an hour and a half over from staying late, so in essence, I'm only down a half hour and now I've had time to research and fix the computer issues and it's just now 10PM and I can get to bed. If I had stayed, I would have been there till 11PM and had to be back at 7AM (I get up at 5AM tomorrow). I think I need the rest more. Sunday after I get home there will be time to work on the budget.
Tomorrow night I'll have to find the long running tights if they don't miraculously appear in the morning while I get dressed.

Thank you Spark Friends for all your well wishes....may not have time to blog or Spark much tomorrow, but you know you will hear from me Sunday night!

  
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SEABREEZE65 10/3/2010 8:34AM

    Good luck on your race. You will do great!

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RUTHIEBEAR 10/2/2010 5:07PM

    I know you will do great! emoticon

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LKEITHO 10/2/2010 5:10AM

    Too bad about the computer issues, especially the bad timing, but it was a good thing you got the opportunity to get the extra rest. I often find that it is the rest two nights before a race that makes the difference, since the night I can find it hard to sleep. I'm looking forward to your race report!

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MERRYLYN 10/2/2010 12:46AM

    Now butterflies sound pretty, but not in one's tummy!
Bugs are another thing, disgusting whether they are in your computer or in your house. Glad the computer bugs are resolved and hope the butterflies just flutter away.
Just be yourself and remember that the very fact that you are even doing this is a great accomplishment. I think it is beautiful that you are running in memory of your mom.. I think she will be with you, cheering you on.
I have great confidence that you will do a great job and I will be cheering you on from here. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/1/2010 11:38PM

    You will do just fine! Can't wait to hear all about it on Sunday.

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UMUCGRAD 10/1/2010 11:26PM

    Sendng good wishes your way for the big day. You'll be fine as soon as you step off that start line. Good for you!

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In Memory - Margaret A. Wilt (MOM)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Well, in just couple of short hours, I will be the same age as my mom on the day she died. I was fourteen and a freshman in high school on the New Years Day that she died. She had breast cancer when I was younger and then, in my eigth grade, they discoverd a brain tumor. She had an operation to remove it, chemo, radiation...the works, as well as they could in the mid 70's, but it grew back and on New Years Day 1975, she passed away just one month and 9 days before she turned fifty.

It is in her memory that I will be running this 5K on Oct 3rd.

My older sister, too, has been experiencing her own battle with that dreaded disease, from breast cancer to two rounds of the cancer invading her bones. She is five years older than me. Oct 3rd is her birthday.

Oct 3rd is also the date that I joined the military back in 1978 - never did learn to run well then. I guess we DO get better with age.

For soooo many reasons, I want to run this race well. The knot in my hamstring seems to be just about gone and there is very little discomfort in my knees now, unless I have my legs crossed too long. Talked with my running buddy tonight and she is convinced that we will do this run in under 30 (my goal). We'll see. A couple of olkd friends from high school are even coming out....one of them may run, the other to cheer us on. I usually have to leave right after a race, but I am off on Sundays and plan to stick around for the pancake breakfast and the festival afterwards....let's just hope I stay injury free and that I don't get too bummed out if I don't do as well as I hope.

  
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LKEITHO 10/1/2010 4:20PM

    A great tribute to your mother and your sister. I hope you have a great run! Whether your time is sub-30 or not, it will have been a great effort.

Coincidentally, my father died exactly one year later, New Year's Day, 1976. He was 62 and had a long history of emphysema. I was 22. I often wonder how it will feel to reach 62 myself. Seems like it is getting closer way too fast.

With so many reasons to run, I hope you meet all your expectations!

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BE_STRONG 10/1/2010 7:53AM

    What a great way to honor your mom, your sister and yourself. Look at how far you have come since you started this journey. You are amazing. Good luck on Sunday!

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ENVYFRESH23 9/30/2010 11:30PM

    i'm SO sorry about your mom. you, your sister, & your family are in my prayers.

i wish you luck on the 5k! you're a winner just by entering the race. you'll do great!

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YOUKNEEQUE 9/30/2010 10:23PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I (and all of the other SP people) will be there with you in spirit as you run. Just take it easy and run knowing that the time you finish doesn't matter so much as the reason you're running in the first place. I am sure you will make your time, but if not, just know that you did the best that you could. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FERGSGIRL2 9/30/2010 10:21PM

    Blessings to you, and much success in the race. You are already a winner!

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I'd Kick Myself If I Wasn't Afraid of Straining Something Else

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Throughout this whole journey - to date - I'd made it without doing anything to really hurt myself physically. Now, just five days till my most important run, and I'm sidelined ... finally listened to my body and took a couple of days off training altogether, except for light warm up and stretching and am still experiencing more soreness than I have had in a long time, most notably (and what has me worried) is that it is in my knees and for the first time I think ever in my hamstring! Taking Aleve tonight and will do some more light warm up and stretching tomorrow and pray that this all is passed by the weekend. I've always paid attention to my body before and never had more than a day or two of mild discomfort from my fitness until now, this has me a bit worried, but nothing I can do at this point but take it easy and try to stretch out the aches and pains and pray for a full and QUICK recovery.

  
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LKEITHO 9/29/2010 8:54PM

    I hope a little more rest and recovery will have you ready for your run!

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LADYNETTIE 9/29/2010 1:11AM

    Hope your muscles recover quickly. Sounds like they just need a break. I would go get a good massage to help them release tension. Good luck and feel better!
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GOEGIRL 9/29/2010 12:16AM

    Aw, sorry you're feeling bad! Strength training and speed hurts my hammies too - always give me trouble after a race. All the work and training will pay off for you on race day. Just take it easy and give yourself a chance to heal. You might want to try some ice. I hope you feel better soon!

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Drained = Need Some Recovery Time

Sunday, September 26, 2010

True to my nature, I never jump into anything halfway, I embarked on a renewed fitness program this past week. It has really pushed my limits and by yesterday, I have to say, I was feeling a little better (less sore) than Friday, but still working out. This morning, I was hoping to get to the fitness center for a Group Strength class before church, but I really needed the extra rest to face a non-stop day. I did manage to get in a longer run (62 mins) between meetings at church, but my time was not good. I did over 5 miles, but averaged over 11 mins a mile. I have previously done up to 7.4 miles in that amount of time....okay, only once, but I was running on a fairly flat, paved trail, and my time was worse than I have done on the hills. Even my knees are hurtin a bit and they haven't hurt in a long time. I think maybe my body is telling me it needs some more recovery time. I need to give these joints and muscles a chance to recover, but I don't wnt to lose momentum and I am trying to think of things I can do that will give my legs especially a break so that I'll be good to go for the race next Sunday. I think I'm going to take it easy the next couple of days and just to some upper body and maybe a little yoga or pilates without too much extreme stretching and see where we go from there.

  
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BE_STRONG 9/27/2010 10:13PM

    You want to make sure you are well rested for your race. Don't feel bad about taking an extra day to take care of yourself.

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ON2VICTORY 9/27/2010 9:31AM

    I am in the same boat. I only did a 10K race on saturday and my quads are screaming at me. I ran 3 10K's in a week not long ago and I was not quite this sore. I ran a half distance last saturday and did not run again until this saturday for the race to make sure i had enough recovery still sore. maybe Im being sent a message too!

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LKEITHO 9/27/2010 8:46AM

    Rest is an essential component of any good fitness plan. Your body needs time to rebuild itself better than before. Do take care of yourself!

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USERNAMEDD 9/27/2010 12:50AM

  sounds like a plan to me!

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